The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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Since the hunting of animals is illegal, people pay to hunt outdated androids who can not fight back due to a chip which prevents them from causing harm to humans. However, the androids discover how to turn these chips off.


Mario Azzopardi


Sam Egan

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Episode cast overview:
Doug Savant ... Kel
Ron White ... George Nichols
Sarah Strange ... Tara
David McNally David McNally ... Pete
Don Thompson ... Doc
Tobias Mehler ... Eric Nichols
Bob Gunton ... Clute Nichols
Robert Moloney ... Veeter
D. Harlan Cutshall ... Guard
Russell Ferrier Russell Ferrier ... Game Warden


In the not too distant future the hunting of animals has been banned. Instead, hunters pay to track and kill outdated androids that have no other use. The hunters quickly "kill" one of the four androids released for their sporting pleasure but one of the hunters, Eric Nichols, isn't very enthusiastic about it all. The androids are at a disadvantage as their programming prevents from harming humans. They are told however that if any one of them can make it to the end of the hunting trail 12 kms away, they will be given their freedom. The tables are turned however when the androids find a way to overcome their prohibition against violence toward humans and the hunters become the hunted. Written by garykmcd

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30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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The android exoskeleton prop is reused from The Outer Limits: The Camp (1997). See more »


Tara is shot in the left shoulder. Later in the hut, when the medical droid is removing the arrowhead, it's in the right shoulder. See more »

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Are We So Horrible
22 May 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this effort. It concerns a situation where the environmentalists and liberals have put a stop to hunting. It seems that most of the endangered species have been decimated anyway. A foursome of hunters is in pursuit of a different kind of prey. They are androids that have outlived their usefulness. They are sent out, literally with targets on their backs. The hunters slaughter them. There isn't any skin in the game because the androids have been programmed not to attack humans. One android who has a gimpy leg is killed immediately. The others flee. Meanwhile, there is trouble in paradise. There is great conflict among those in the hunting party. The young man finds the whole thing deplorable while his hunter father and his father's brother encourage him to become a man. When given the opportunity to kill, he shoots over the head of the defenseless female android. There is also a third man who is acting as a guide. As the prey hole up in a cabin for the night, they discover a set of rolled up schematics of their own architecture. It was deliberately left there by the father of the hunting group. He wants a real hunt. The androids are skilled enough to change the circuit that makes them defenseless. One of the androids is interesting. He reads "Paradise Lost" and devoured other great works of literature in the past. He is an obstacle for a time because he is a pacifist and feels despite their foibles, humans are basically admirable creatures. This is a more complex episode than some and has some tragic events interwoven. There are significant issues dealing with sentience and they are well delivered.

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